The purpose of this assignment is for you to research one aspect of the course in greater detail, and write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay discussing the topic. You may choose any topic that is discussed in the course or the text (for example, you may choose to research demand forecasting, or big data, trend analysis, scenario planning, managing change, etc.). Your essay should have an introduction that states why this topic has been chosen (why it is interesting and/or important), and you should discuss the main attributes of the topic (what is it, what are the main features or properties of the method, who might use it and when). It might be useful to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the topic; finish your paper with a conclusion. The essay should be double-spaced (using standard word-processing defaults such as 12-point font, 1-inch margins, etc.), and should make use of no less than 6 academic references using APA style. An academic reference is any book, academic journal article, or scholarly piece of writing. You may use magazine articles, or references from online sources, but these will not count toward the 6 academic references. Be careful not to cut-and-paste anything into your assignment; if you use someone else’s words, quote them, and if you use someone else’s ideas be sure to cite the source. Anything less is plagiarism, and can lead to issues with academic honesty. Above all else, please do not use an assignment from the internet or from someone else; the software that checks your essays can detect plagiarism, and a copied assignment will result in severe consequences. This assignment is worth 25%. Your research paper will not be penalized for going under or over the word limit. The library provides excellent resources around how to research and write a strong academic paper.